The fallout fallout from Johan Ackermann’s departure from Gloucester could see another Springbok depart the club.
According to a report by specialist publication The Rugby Paper, Ruan Dreyer is the latest member of the English club’s substantial South African contingent that wants to leave and is seriously considering a return to Johannesburg.
Ackermann, who notably recruited Dreyer, son Ruan and Jaco Kriel from Ellis Park when he commenced his duties in mid-2017, was confirmed as Japanese franchise NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes’ new head coach two weeks ago.
He would be the third Springbok to leave Gloucester, after Jaco Kriel rejoined the Lions and Franco Mostert is reportedly joining Japan’s Honda Heat.
The 29-year-old tighthead Dreyer started four Tests for the Springboks under Allister Coetzee in 2017 after a fine Super Rugby campaign, notably delivering a fine performance against the Wallabies in a drawn Rugby Championship clash in Bloemfontein.
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1. Owen Williams
The 28-year-old would have been in the frame to replace Hadleigh Parkes at international level if he’d decided to join a Welsh region, but according to the Mail Online he’s agreed on a move to Japan. Williams can play both fly-half and centre and his ball-playing ability will make him a huge loss for the Cherry & Whites.